City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

So in case you haven’t noticed, we live on an island. Despite the weather we’ve been witnessing for the month of June we do not (I repeat, DO NOT!) live on a tropical island, no large bodies of clear blue water, no sand, no palm trees and (sadly) no cabana boys.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some Independence Day fun! If you can’t make it to the Hamptons with the rest of New York, don’t fret! It can really be a treat to enjoy the city when it’s a little less crowded, a bit quieter and when restaurants and bars are offering discounted meals and drinks. Here’s a rundown of some things we recommend trying out during your relaxing holiday weekend:

A Picnic in Central Park
Unless you live near the park it can be hard to find a way to make it up over there as often as you should. What better excuse than the 4th? Starting at 11am, Nonna Restaurant will be delivering picnic baskets to Central Park. Each basket includes bottled water, your choice of sandwich, salad and dessert for only $15. Though smuggling a bottle of wine into the picnic will really get your celebration started. Nonna Restaurant, 520 Columbus Ave., 212.579.3194

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
For what it’s worth this could really be a good time. The contest takes place in Coney Island, which is always fun in itself. Nathan’s hot dogs are pretty good and well, who doesn’t love a little animal-like food competition? Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, 12pm, Coney Island

Independence Day Culture
If you’re one of the more refined New Yorkers and prefer a little culture instead of a hot dog eating contest, head to the Whitney Museum. In celebration of Independence Day and the iconic works of American art that are housed in the museum, the Whitney will be reducing general admission to $4. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street

Fireworks!
I know I’m an adult now but I still get pretty excited at the chance to lie in the grass and watch fireworks. If you’re still looking for a little suburban inspired celebration then you’ll be happy to know that Macy’s will be holding their fireworks display over the Hudson River this year. At approximately 9:20 pm on July 4th, the 26-minute display will be set off between 24th and 50th Streets on the Hudson River. For the best viewing spots check out http://manhattan.about.com/od/eventsandattractions/a/nycjulyfourth.htm

Originally published July 2009
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